The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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It is where the creative arts overlap with social work and education that one finds
the greatest interest in the New Age , but that interest does not seem to generate
powerful social innovations and experimental social institutions ” ( Bruce 2002 ...
The self - interest of a corporate entity , whether using donor monies to pay its
staff at the expense of charitable recipients or to help connections of staff
members themselves , contrasts the ideals of the disinterested self and
anonymous gift .
To appropriate the public domain for private interest is morally unacceptable .
That bribes are sometimes spoken about in terms of a donation ( dan ) is more
than a euphemism . There is a suspicion in donation practices the gift will be
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